Axis Architecture since 1994

Blue Star Cafe

– Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire

Axis Architecture was responsible for taking the approved planning drawings, gaining building regulation approval and for producing the working drawings for the new restaurant on the Foreshore at Hamble-le-Rice.  The client had run a small cafe from the foreshore for many years and his decision to expand required the demolition of the small café and to replace it with a building that could provide a larger modern kitchen, indoor seating, toilet facilities and a roof terrace.

Different materials and colours are used across the building in order to help break up the mass of the building.  This provides a changing appearance depending on where the building is viewed from and the colours were chosen to complement the surrounding buildings and its nautical context.  Its position within a conservation area resulted in some challenging planning conditions to overcome, but by working closely with the Client, Council and Conservation Officer, solutions were found to enable the building to be opened on-time for the summer season.

The basic planning drawings were converted into a comprehensive and detailed 3D computer model using Autodesk Revit, which enabled the client to see exactly what could be achieved when the necessary structural elements were taken into account.  Being able to build a virtual 3D model enabled us to ensure that the structural elements could fit into the very tight zones that had been allowed for at the planning stage and to ensure the on-site construction went smoothly.

Axis Architecture is proud to have been involved in this project, helping to create a building that has become a notable landmark on the Hamble-le-Rice foreshore.

Client:  Angel Fish Ltd.

Architect:  Axis Architecture

Contractor:  Moore Construction

Structural Engineer: Cowan Consultancy